Saturday Morning Reading: Harry Dresden’s Peace Talks and Battle Ground
Well, sadly, I didn’t get around to reading them until last week. But, boy howdy, am I glad I got around to them.
Battle Ground is the 17th novel in the Dresden series and that means that, golly, he’s gotten really powerful since the first one came out (in 2000!). Remember when the big preparation was him making a potion with Bob’s help? And remember when he made the shield bracelet? And remember when he realized that he should add stuff for heat and cold and other stuff that’d be useful to shield against? And remember when Marcone became a Baron? And remember the Red Vampires storyline? And remember when Harry got a job in the Winter Court? And remember when they lifted a bunch of stuff from a vault in Hades?
Well, all of that stuff comes to a head in Peace Talks and Battle Ground.
There’s, like, some peace talks coming up between the Fomor and the rest of the folks who have signed the Unseelie Accords, right? And the Winter Court is overseeing the talks. Which means that Harry has to do his job. But, of course, there are complications.
Mild spoiler: the title of “Battle Ground” tells you how the Peace Talks went.
Here’s what I really liked about the books: They mostly took place over the course of a couple of days. Like, the pace is inexorable. Once stuff starts rolling Peace Talks, you’re running at a full gallop until you get to the denouement chapters in Battle Ground.
And now we get ready for the 18th novel where Harry is going to have even more stuff going on with even more evolution of the supporting cast.
I’m glad we ended on something vaguely like a note of resolution. I’m not sure I could have withstood another Changes.
So… what are you reading? Or playing?
(And if you want to talk about some of the major spoilers in the comments, please use rot13.)